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or tach·ism  (tăsh′ĭz′əm)
A French school of art originating in the 1950s and characterized by irregular dabs and splotches of color applied haphazardly to the canvas.

[French tachisme, from tache, stain, from Old French teche, mark, of Germanic origin; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]

tach′iste, tach′ist n.


(ˈtɑːʃɪzəm; French taʃism)
(Art Terms) a type of action painting evolved in France in which haphazard dabs and blots of colour are treated as a means of instinctive or unconscious expression
[C20: French, from tache stain]

Tachism, Tachisme

a movement of the early 1950s which claimed to be in revolt against both Abstractism and naturalism, taking its name from patches of color (Fr. taches) placed on canvas spontaneously and by chance, the result being considered an emotional projection rather than an expression or a symbol. Cf. Abstract Expressionism. — Tachist, Tachiste, n.
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000 visitors, while the Guggenheim Museum in New York devoted a new presentation from its permanent collection to CoBrA, tachisme and Art informel during the summer of 2012.
The Dusseldorf-based group was one of a number of mid-twentieth-century European artist collectives with a concern for exploring audience activation via an art of motion and light as well as creating monochromatic and modular geometric works--a mode of facture that countered the continent's then-dominant tendencies of art informel or tachisme.
Dans mes toiles, j'ai essaye de devoiler la femme d'une facon discrete avec un gestuel modere a un tachisme inspirateur.
Critics sometimes compare her work to the emotive, intuitive paintings of the Lyrical Abstraction and Tachisme movements--a comparison she embraces.